Garage Door Repair Questions - Tacoma, Wa. Residents

Should garage doors be opened when broken?

A. Opening a garage door manually should not be attempted, as the strain might harm the door mechanism even more or potentially place you in physical jeopardy. If a garage door comes with two springs and only one is broken, the door may still open using the opener button, but the false sense that the door is working even at the new strained speed could cause more harm to the upper door section and leave you with further problems.

Can broken springs be replaced by the homeowner?

A. Garage door springs should never be replaced or adjusted by anyone other than a knowledgeable professional. Garage door springs do most of the work of lifting your garage door, with little strain on the motor. Springs must be under great tension to lift the door. People have been seriously injured attempting to fix or balance springs themselves. Call us and be safe.

What kind of considerations do I need when installing a new door?

A. Your garage door can account for up to 30 percent of the exterior portion of a home that is visible from the street. You need to consider the things you use your garage for. The first thing you must do when selecting a garage door is to determine what size door you need (people have attempted to self-install doors that are too big, or instance). Second, since garage doors make up such a large portion of your home's exterior, the style and color you choose should complement the rest of your home's exterior. Third, consider safety controls and options for security entering. Call us for suggestions.

Are garage doors insulated?

A. Some are, some are not. As more homeowners use their garages as extensions of their living space (play areas, workshops, hobby areas, laundry rooms and more) activity increases and so does the need to maintain a constant, comfortable temperature in this space. We can recommend the right insulated door to help make heating and cooling easier. We'd be happy to let you know about your options.

What about children and garage doors?

A. Teach Your Children About Garage Door and Operator Safety. For instance, garage door operators are not toys. Careless operation and allowing children to play with garage door operator controls can lead to tragic results. Update your old garage door sensors. And discuss garage door safety with children. Explain the danger of being trapped under the door. When using the wall switch or transmitter, keep the door in sight until it stops moving completely. Teach children to never play under or near an open garage door and to keep their hands clear of section joints, hinges, tracks, springs or other doorparts. Contact with a moving door or its hardward could cause serious injury.